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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 209
Course Title: Introduction to Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This introductory course to nursing is designed to expose the student to the health care environment and to develop basic care skills. It is recommended for those students who have little or no health care experience or who want a refresher in basic skills before applying to the nursing program. Important concepts and essential basic skills in clinical patient care for the beginning nursing student will be discussed and practiced. Other topics will include study skills, test-taking strategies, information technology, medical terminology, and communication skills. $50 lab fee. Students with equivalent nursing experience may be able to test out of this course if desired. A $50 testing fee will be charged. This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend. The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology. *

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

BIOL 110; BIOL 110L; CHEM 109 or CHEM 110and CHEM 112, with a grade of C or higher.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall (1st 8 weeks), Spring (1st 8 weeks) and Summer.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most Current editions of the following:

Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills
By Kelly, R. T. (Mosby)
Fundamentals of Nursing with CD Package
By Potter, P. & Perry, A. (Mosby Elsevier)
Exploring Medical Language: A Student Directed Approach
By Brooks, M. .L. (Mosby)
Test Success: Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students, 5th Edition
By F. A. Davis
Course Objectives

To identify traits of multidisciplinary teams that contribute to nursing and quality outcomes for the patient.

To discuss the role, responsibilities and opportunities of a registered nurse.

To identify traits of successful nursing students in study skills, test-taking, time management and organization.

To identify and demonstrate basic nursing skills utilized by the registered nurse to gain information (assessment) and provide comfort to patients of the healthcare system.

To introduce health-related abbreviations and terminology.

To identify and demonstrate successful communication techniques necessary to succeed in the healthcare industry.

Measurable Learning

Appropriately use beginning medical terminology and abbreviations.

Demonstrate basic nursing skills in the skills lab and in the clinical area.

List attributes of successful nursing students.

Identify potential job opportunities in the nursing field.

Participate in a clinical nursing experience with patients and team members.

Demonstrate beginning communication skills with healthcare workers and patients.

Identify roles of other healthcare professionals in multidisciplinary teams.

Identify skills and resources that the registered nurse may use to assist the patient or family in adjusting to health or illness.

Topical Outline:

Study skills, test taking, time management, organization

Role of the registered nurse

Medical terminology

Communication in the healthcare setting

Basic nursing skills


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Linda Claycomb Date: November 14, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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